Swayable predicts consumer opinion and the impact of content

Lead Engineer: Machine Learning and Scientific Computing

$150k - $200k / 0.00% - 0.10%
Remote / Remote
Job Type
6+ years
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Valerie Coffman
Valerie Coffman

About the role

About Swayable

Swayable is a fast-growing cloud data product that doubles the impact of advertising by empirically measuring how it changes people's opinions. Our customers include Amazon, Paramount Pictures, MIT, Stanford, the Biden-Harris presidential campaign, and multiple state authorities fighting COVID. We were founded in 2018 by two physics PhDs and are backed by leading technology and social impact investors, including Y Combinator. This position is the perfect opportunity to join a fast-moving, high-impact, mission-oriented startup.

Technology Stack

Swayable uses MongoDB, Python (Numpy, Scipy, Pandas, Celery, Flask), Javascript (Node.js, Express.js, Vue.js), and GraphQL.

About the Role

Swayable is looking for a Lead Engineer to advance the ML-based analytics engine that powers our core product. In this role, you will lead the team that productizes all machine learning and data analysis at Swayable. You will be responsible for building, maintaining, and continuously improving our tools, techniques, and architecture for high-performance computing. You will also work closely with a cross-functional team to build new features and solve novel problems across the spectrum of software engineering, data visualization, and science.

The Lead Engineer will report to our CTO, Valerie Coffman.


  • You have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Applied Math, Engineering, or Science.
  • You have 8+ years of professional experience building software and are proficient in Python.
  • You have expertise in architecting, maintaining, and optimizing distributed, parallel computing systems.
  • You have deep knowledge of the constantly evolving toolset for MLOps, including tools for workflow management, feature storage, and model monitoring.
  • You are an expert in software architecture and can design scalable, performant solutions.
  • You value code quality and write maintainable, testable code.

Preferred Qualifications

  • You have an advanced degree (MSc or Ph.D.) in STEM.
  • You have a deep understanding of machine learning algorithms.
  • You have a thorough knowledge of the Linux operating system.
  • You have experience with ML packages such as Tensorflow, Numpyro, and Scikit-learn.
  • You have experience with Celery, Flask, MongoDB, or JavaScript.
  • You can write "vectorized code" using Numpy, Scipy, and Pandas.
  • You believe in the scientific method and use data to drive decisions.
  • You can give and receive informed, actionable feedback on technical and non-technical skills.
  • You are a strong communicator, especially in text. You can write documentation and discuss the tradeoffs of different implementations.

Our team is centered in NYC and SF, with flexible work arrangements for remote work.

We offer a benefits package that is well above-market. Swayable covers 100% of the health, dental, and vision insurance premiums for full-time employees. We also offer generous PTO, parental leave, equity, 401k, FSA, and an ongoing professional development stipend.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We strive to promote an organizational environment that values diversity and fosters growth. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other basis prohibited by law. The team especially encourages applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

Why you should join Swayable

Swayable measures how effectively media content changes minds. Our clients are dramatically increasing the impact of the stories they tell on the world's most important issues.

We are passionate about the power of data to have a positive social impact on advocacy and commerce and are serious about using it responsibly and ethically. We work with organizations and people we care about and our job is to help make them successful.

Swayable is a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation and an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from anyone who shares our values and especially encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Team Size:15
Location:San Francisco
Valerie Coffman
Valerie Coffman
James Slezak
James Slezak